Sunday
Jan312016

CSSSN February 4, 2016 Meeting Speaker: Dennis Swartzell: How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning

The meeting is Thursday, February 4, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM

Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be learning a bit about botany and trees. The American Forests Big Tree Register website defines trees: “woody plants with one erect perennial stem or trunk at least 9 ½ inches in circumference (3 inches in diameter) at 4 ½ feet above the ground (breast height), a definitely formed crown of foliage, and a height of at least 13 feet.” Some of us have at least room for one real tree in our landscape. The butchery of trees in this area is abundant. By understanding a little botany, perhaps we will avert some of the butchery in our own landscape. Trees are an anchor in the landscape and environmentally important. They provide both strength and grace. They deserve respect and protection. This is an important topic. 

About the Speaker: Dennis Swartzell, Principal, Horticulture Consultants, Inc.

Dennis is a Professional through and through with several recognitions from institutions such as UNLV, UNCE, SNWA, International Society of Arborists, Southern Nevada Arborist Group, and American Society of Landscape Architecture. He is an active member on the Board of Directors of ISA, and maintains active memberships in other related organizations. Dennis is a Certified Master Arborist and consulting arborist. His many years of volunteering and work in the industry support that he "walks the talk" and is a most welcome speaker.


(Other endeavors for which he is noted: Participation of professional peer reviews of five college campus landscape maintenance programs, one military base, and several corporate campuses. These include but not limited to: Rio Hondo Community College, Valeant Pharmaceutical campus, Costa Mesa, CA, Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA, University of California, Irvine, California State University Long Beach, University of California, Davis, China Lake Naval Air Station).

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE ENGAGED IN THE LANDSCAPE INDUSTRY. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning" 

           
 
Photos are from pinterest.com by googling botanical nomenclature. Pistacia chinensis 'Red Push', Desert Museum Palo Verde, and Chilopsis linearis
 

OTHER ITEMS:

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings:

  • Feb 13: San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale
  • April 2: Springs Preserve Plant Sale
  • April 5 to 7: NGC Pacific Region Conference
  • April 16: TENTATIVE CSSSN Show at Moon-Sun Sale
  • April 23: Laura Dearing Elementary School Garden Tour
  • April 30: Don Cromwell Cactus Landscape Tour

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell - How Botany Relates to Tree Pruning; March: Angela O'Callaghan; April: Round Table and open Discussion of Experienced Club Members; May: Bob Morris - Soils and Amendments; and we have plans for more! At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material. Please let us know what you want to learn!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: The February Plant of the Month is a recap on Aloes. There is likely no accurate count of the number of different Aloe, including one with a common name of Tree Aloe. Perhaps Kelly Griffin can come back to Vegas and talk to us a bit his work with these "living humming bird feeders." Future sessions definitely concern small space design considerations, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and botany. At least some Aloes will be in the raffle, a few other plants, more pumice, maybe some fertilizer, AND TREE CARE TOOLS. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection and adding some tools (THAT MUST BE USED APPROPRIATELY).

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

 

Sunday
Dec272015

CSSSN January 7, 2016 Meeting Speaker: ML Robinson: Propagation Including Grafting

The meeting is Thursday, January 7, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:30 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 6:15 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM

Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be addressing a variety of propagation techniques. The January Plant of the Month is Euphorbia platyclada. It is dreadfully ugly, but fun to propagate. Future sessions concern trees, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.

About the Speaker: ML Robinson, Faculty at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

ML is a favorite guest speaker. This month we get timely advice on propagation. When the weather begins to warm we need to be ready to replant and expand our plant material.

ML's 23-year career in Environmental Horticulture and related fields as an Associate Professor/Specialist for the University of Nevada and the University of Florida has taken him into many deserts and worldly outreaches! He seems to love of life and goes for it full throttle. His adventurous spirit combined with his intellect has produced within him a knowledgeable and yet "crazy kinda guy." ML can be seen embracing trees, snakes, lizards, plants, and sometimes people. He has photographed some of the areas worst examples of pruning, and best examples of holiday decorations.


(Other Programs for which he is noted: Desert Bio-scape (sustainable horticulture), Desert Green (a two-day annual conference and mini trade show), Environmentally Friendly Pest Control, Integrated Pest Management and Training, and Correctional Horticulture Training.)

Please start talking with friends about this event and plan to bring them with you. Club membership is nice, but not required.

TOPIC: "Cactus and Succulent Propagation, Including Grafting" (Photo credit: left, unknown from web, middle and right, ML Robinson)

     

  

OTHER ITEMS:

Outings, Trips, and Gatherings: Cromwell Garden, Springs Preserve, NGC Western States Convention, Spring Show and Sale? All  discussed in open meeting.

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: This is what we've done and have planned for our meetings in this series: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell; March: Angela O'Callaghan; and we have plans for more! Please let us know what you want to learn!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: We will have a Euphorbia platyclada for display, but not in the raffle this time. Other plants, at least some of which are suitable for grafting or cuttings will be available. Buy a handful of tickets and have fun growing your collection.

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

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Friday
Nov272015

CSSSN December 3, 2015 Meeting Speaker: Bob Morris: Nopal Cactus

The meeting is Thursday, December 3, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. Enter the parking lot from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open to the public at 6:00 PM; Board Members and Committee Chairs should be present at least by 5:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 6:15 PM. The speaker will take center stage at 7:00 PM. (This is a special end of year event. Bring a beverage if you wish. The club is furnishing southwest and theme relevant munchies. We will need help with clean up and maybe "carry-out." Follow up post at the end of this journal entry includes 4 recipes....yum yum)

Continuing the fall/winter education theme, we will be addressing a specific popular plant group, the Nopal Cactus. A few specifics are already available in the Plant of the Month section of the website. Our guest speaker (see below) will continue our fall/winter speaker series of head on, brute force education...We have touched on irrigation and appropriate companion desert plant material. Future sessions concern propagation, soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.

About the Speaker: Bob Morris Contact Information: Robert Ll. Morris, Horticultural Consultant, mailto:extremehort@aol.com, blog at www.xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com

Bob Morris is a Consulting Horticulturist Emeritus, University of Nevada. He participates and leads projects in a variety of countries worldwide. Most recently he returned from Tajikistan. Prior to that he was working on his family farm in the Philippines that is used as a training site in cooperation with the government. Meanwhile, this busy man finds time to do his email daily, keep his blog up to date (see below) and hop on a plane, head for the Las Vegas Desert Green Conference, and go there directly from the airport. He provides consultation to the local materials yard, ViraGro, sees his family, and takes time to talk with our cactus club!

TOPIC: "Nopal Cactus, work with University of Sonora in Hermosillo"

  

  

OTHER ITEMS:

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February: Dennis Swartzell; March: Angela O'Callaghan; and we have plans for more!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: Nopal Cactus  We will forego a raffle this time. We will spend that time celebrating achievements of people in the club and go back to the munchie table that is going to further extend our knowledge of the Nopal Cactus.

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. Committee Chairs: Joe Murphy and Talise Thomas, Welcoming and Technology. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

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Monday
Oct262015

CSSSN November 5, 2015 Meeting Speaker: Jean Cote: Desert Appropriate Plant Material

The meeting is Thursday, November 5, at the Garden Club Building on the west end of the revitalized Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:15 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

In October we began a multiple month Fall/Winter (and maybe Spring) Speaker Series. The theme of the fall speaker series will be that of head on, brute force education...it's going to be more "HOW & WHY TO" or "HERE'S A LIST." The October meeting focused on Desert Irrigation 101 (will either be published or repeated). The next several meetings will continue to deliver information on appropriate plant material, introduction of species into new climates, propagation and grafting. Future sessions will be planned with soils and amendments, herbicides and pesticides, more irrigation, more transplanting, and design considerations. At least one round table or panel discussion will be held with our own and other recognized professionals in our area. Follow this program monthly and watch the website for updated topic relevant material.

We also brought back the "plant of the month" feature. Each month we'll attempt to have a CSSSN member talk briefly about a specific plant. The talk is informal and may or may not be accompanied with a small write up. Digital photos can be displayed if the delivery so warrants them. Last month Vicki Yuen presented some information about Aeoniums. This month we'll have a short introduction to Dorstenia. The "plant of the month" may or may not be featured in the club's silent auction or as a raffle item.

Work continued on the website. Some minor reorganization was done, but all the links should continue to work. A new subset of links was added under, "Sources." give it a peek. Be careful, I think I wound up buying something from nearly every vendor while "testing" the links.

Puzzles will be constructed from time to time that allow the attendees to "test" themselves on their education. The subject matter will be that of the monthly speakers in the series as well as the "plant of month" presentations. People that bring their solved puzzles into a meeting, and buy raffle tickets (3 for $5)earn a 4th ticket free!

About the Speaker: Jean Cote

Jean is the Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Idaho sales rep for Mountain States Wholesale Nursery. She's been a sales rep at Mountain States since 1992. She has a BS in Horticulture from the University of Arizona and has worked in the horticulture industry since she graduated in 1980. Mountain States is a wholesale nursery located in Glendale, Arizona. They specialize in native and drought tolerant plant material.      

TOPIC: "Desert Appropriate Plant Material"

The logo of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery should be regarded as the cover of a book or rather a link that contains descriptions and photos of available and appropriate plants for our desert region.

The nursery propagates plant material and creates new introductions for our landscapes. We'll ask Jean how we can best obtain the perfect plants for the perfect spots in our perfect landscapes.

Other Items:

FALL EDUCATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: October: Pete & John Duncombe - Desert Irrigation 101; November: Jean Cote Mountain States Nursery - Desert Appropriate Plant Material; December: Bob Morris - Nopal Cactus; January: ML Robinson - Cactus and Succulent Propagation including Grafting; February TBD , etc. but we have plans for more education!

RAFFLE and PLANT OF THE MONTH: Dorstenia (Family: Moraceae, Tribe: Dorstenieae, Genus: Dorstenia) People that bring their solved puzzles into a meeting, and buy raffle tickets (3 for $5) earn a 4th ticket free! (Funds raised from the raffle will be used to offset costs of the club. Surplus funds, if any, will be used to support environmental, conservation, and horticultural education and development consistent with the stated purpose of CSSSN.)

2015-2016 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed. In the late fall of 2014 the entire slate of officers was voted upon. The elected Treasurer resigned and the Board appointed Dick Askew to serve out that term. The term for all the officers currently in place will end in December, 2016.

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Thursday
Oct222015

November/December Selected Plants and Topics from Past CSSA Journals

The listings here should be public as every C&S enthusiast is bound to find something that would interest them. Access to CSSA Journals, if not in your own collection, could be through the local society's copy, or perhaps some public libraries, or by purchasing them from the CSSA in CD format. cssainc.org They are all from the various CSSA Sept/Oct issues of the year and volume indicated. Quotations and references are acknowledged and included with permission of CSSAINC Business Manager. 

This month, I selected only one issue from my usually organized pile of journals.

Go retro to 2013, Vol 85: Two book reviews grab my attention. One is a review by Wendell S. 'Woody' Minnich. He reviews Bradleya 30/2012 UK: Edited by Dr. Colin C. Walker, Published by the British Cactus & Succulent Society. To quote and paraphrase a bit: Annually the British Cactus & Succulent Society produces Bradleya, a wonderful, generally scientific manuscript with emphasis on taxonomy. ...The work provides a formidable reading task for even the most knowledgeable of cactus and other succulent persons. ...It still represents another must document for the long term hobbyist and serious student of succulent plants. 'Woody's" review continues highlighting some of the subjects that range from new descriptions, field observations, conservation status reports, and the proverbial introduced Opuntia problems.

I noted another review. John Trager reviewed Irwin Lightstone's 36 page Succulent Abstracts and Absurdities. Trager points out that not all nomenclature is correct in the publication; nonetheless, the unusual black and white photography presents the subjects strikingly and will be of interest to both succulent collectors and those who appreciate fine photography. (available from author's online site)

The specific plant article that caught my eye (finally) was Tephrocactus contributed by Root Gorelick and Daniel Mahr. I did not realize there was so much variability within the genus. There are on going discussions about the taxonomy. Nonetheless if you wish a really red flowering species seek T. nigrispinus and for a pink or white flower, select T. alexanderi (the color varies). It's not all like what we call a "Paper Spined Opuntia."